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Plan to cut £500k from legal budget - with further savings o come - "will increase risk of mistakes"
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Bevan Brittan snaps up former chief executive of Birmingham City Council
Stephen Hughes to work with law firm on areas such as integration of public services
City council first to obtain government approval for Regulation 7 order covering lettings boards
'To Let' boards in popular areas of city will need advertisement consent from January 2015
Clive Anderson to host inaugural Lawyers in Local Government awards
Broadcaster to hand out awards for best of local government legal practice in 11 categories
Government defends judicial review reforms, attacks impact of legal challenges on economic development
Response to select committee report rejects claims that substantially unlawful action could go unremedied
Large London housing association to set up four-year legal services panels
Notting Hill Housing Trust to split framework into six lots
Complaints to LGO about school admissions appeals fall by half over four years
LGO says move coincided with dramatic rise in number of academies and free schools, over which it holds no jurisdiction
Browne Jacobson bolsters projects practice with senior partner hire
Steven Matthew joins London office from Nabarro
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National Audit Office report highlights issues over poor governance, record keeping and capacity
Government agrees to set up Food Crime Unit following Elliott Review
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64-year-old women with dementia suffocated by an unsecure wardrobe
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A recent case has shown that a failure to risk assess need not be fatal to defending a stress at work claim, writes Angela Williams.
Raising allotment charges
A city council recently lost a judicial review in the High Court of its decision to double the rents charged to a group of allotment holders. Christopher Baker examines why.
Deprivation of liberty – some fog clears about children’s homes
Government guidance on deprivations of liberty issued to providers of children's homes and residential special schools has created significant concern. A recent High Court ruling providing clarification on a key element is welcome, write the Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Street.
Changes to the Mandatory Conditions
John Gaunt reviews the Home Office's guidance on imminent changes to the mandatory conditions applying to all licensed premises.
Submitting to a data protection audit
The Information Commissioner’s Office must ensure parity of treatment when it comes to local government data protection audits, writes Jonathan Baines.
Development projects, cross-border interest and advertising
Advertise development projects that may attract cross border interest or risk losing some of your grant funding, writes Richard Auton.
Trade union detriment and costs
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the correct test in trade union detriment cases and made a surprising costs award, reports Michael Halsey.
Family cases and parties with disabilities
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Adult Social Services: Support and the capacity assessment
A recently-published Court of Protection ruling is helpful for capacity assessors as to what is relevant and not relevant when assessing an individual's capacity to make certain decisions. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street
look at what it said.
Children: Post-adoption contact - recent developments
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Employment: Preventing and dealing with stress-related sickness absence – ten top tips for employers
How should employers handle the difficult issue of stress-related sickness absence? Graham Richardson
provides some guidance for employers and comments on some of the key case law.
Governance: Wacky FOI requests – with serious motives?
The latest Local Government Association release on the top ten "wacky FOI requests" has again received widespread media coverage. Jon Baines
sees whether it stands up to scrutiny.
Governance: Defamation and the “serious harm” test
In a case brought by a housing association and its chief executive against a national newspaper, the High Court has given guidance on the new “serious harm” test for defamation. Cynyr Rhys
Healthcare: The difficult line – the MCA and the MHA
The Court of Protection recently handed down an important ruling on the line between the Mental Health Act and the Mental Capacity Act. The CoP team at 39 Essex Street
analyse the judgment.
Housing: For better or for worse
The Court of Appeal has just handed down an important ruling on the scope of statutory homeless reviews. Kelvin Rutledge QC
and Sian Davies
analyse the judgment.
Licensing: Issues around personal licences and convictions
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looks at the challenges this presents.
Litigation: The effect of default judgments
An important judgment has clarified the effect of entry of a judgment in default of Acknowledgment of Service or Defence with damages to be assessed. Paul Stagg
Planning: Warehouse to new house: further planning reforms
The Department for Communities and Local Government has unveiled further proposals in its drive to create a more flexible planning system. Matt Gilks
highlights some of the key announcements.
Procurement: A tale of torn envelopes
A ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union should give contracting authorities confidence in their ability to reject tenders where confidentiality cannot be guaranteed, writes Anita McEleney
of Bristol City Council.
Projects: CIL – a reminder on s106 and s278 restrictions
looks at what will happen if local authorities do not have a charging schedule in place for the Community Infrastructure Levy by April 2015.
Property: Appropriation of land and decision-making
and Henry Fitch
look at the lessons to be learned – in relation to decision-making and the appropriation of land – from a recent High Court case involving a London borough.
Property: When a business tenancy “ought not” to be renewed
In two recent cases the Court of Appeal has considered the issue of opposition to lease renewals based on a tenant's breach of covenant. Mark Shelton
and Paul Moorcroft
analyse the rulings.
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